Magazine article New Internationalist

Ermo

Magazine article New Internationalist

Ermo

Article excerpt

Set in contemporary China, this story of a rural woman's attempts to make some changes in her life is a smart comment on the transformations that the country is going through as it catapults into the late twentieth century. The fact that Xiaowen has been able to make and distribute the gently satirical film is also indicative of change. In the past his work has been banned and at one point he had to resort to making mainstream 'action' films. The protagonist of the story is the feisty Ermo who supports her veteran husband and little boy by making and selling 'twisty noodles' in the local city. Trudging between her village and the market every day, she is joined in her monotonous routine by a good-looking neighbour who goes by the puzzling name of Blindman. Soon she finds herself tempted not only by the various goodies on sale in the city shops-which include a magnificently large TV set that she has her eyes on-but by him as well.

At its most basic, Ermo is a film about belongings and longing. …

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